Volunteer in a Human Rights project in the West Bank, Palestine
The Excellence Center is very proud to introduce to you its new Human Rights Volunteer program in Palestine. We welcome any pre-college student or professional with relevant work, volunteer, or study experience in this field. As a Human Rights Volunteer, this program will allow you to elaborate on your personal research, projects, and workshops on the subject, sharing your knowledge and your personal experience with Palestinian young men and women.
Brief information about the program
The project will have its headquarters at Excellence Center’s facilities in Hebron, Palestine. For this project, you will develop lesson plans and activities for Palestinian youth, women and kids in order to teach them about human rights in Palestine, and in the world. In order to do this, you will research and work cooperatively with organizations in Hebron and in the surrounding areas in order to provide your students with a more relatable and grounded education on the subject of human rights. This will also provide you with great experience with human rights organizations here in Palestine, which will be for your resume and professional network.
Location of the Project: Hebron, Palestine
Project length: From 1 week – 8 weeks
Arrival Airport: Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Volunteer Work: Organize some activities in human right for Palestinian community
Age: 18 – 70
When you arrive to the Center in Hebron, Palestine
Before deciding a schedule, volunteers will be welcomed to the Center, and will be given an orientation week about Hebron and Palestinian culture, including both Arabic classes and an introduction into Palestinian culture. In order for you to be as involved as possible in the Palestinian community and culture, we will provide you with accommodation with a Palestinian host family who will take care of you and will help you with any issue that may come up or at the Excellence Center dorm.
After the introductory week, you will get to decide what kind of activities you will develop during their stay in Palestine, which will be based your individual interests within the subject of human rights, your field of competence in the subject, and your level of experience and skills. We are very flexible, and you will be completely free to choose what activities to implement in your own schedule.
Which kind of activities you can organize during the volunteering period?
There are many activities suitable for all level that we wish to carry out during this program, such as:
- Workshops about:
- Writing articles about human rights, with a focus on Palestine and Gaza
- International Human Rights law.
- Educate Palestinians school and university students about basic rights
- Reading the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the students will then design their own declaration.
- Visits to UN buildings and relevant NGOs’ headquarters
- Creating a catalogue of such NGOs, summarizing and assessing their activities and impact.
- Conception of violation of human rights throughout the world
- Collaborating with the Journalism project students to release a short documentary.
- Cross section between countries and the correlating GDP growth with attentiveness to Human Rights.
- Other activities (We strongly welcome your suggestions)
You will work around 30 hours a week, usually from 9am until 5pm from Saturday through Thursday. Normally, international volunteers start the day with a breakfast at the Excellence Center together with the whole staff. The schedule for this program is highly flexible, however your individual schedule is subject to change from week to week. In addition to your work in the classroom, you will have an Arabic class, you will prepare lesson plans for the workshops and activities that you will do, and you will do a bit of sightseeing in Hebron.
In conclusion, our Human Rights Volunteer program in Palestine is a unique opportunity to get valuable experience in your field of interest, and will get to make a major contribution in the Palestinian community.
Since the Excellence Center does not receive any funds from any governmental or non-governmental organizations, the Excellence Center charges a fee of 695$ a month or 230$ a week.
The program fees include: pre-departure support, accommodations, breakfast, full coordination while volunteering in Palestine, 3 hours per week of Arabic lessons for each week you volunteer, and some visits to different sites in the city of Hebron.
Traveling to Palestine on your own?
No worries, you’ve come to the right place!
You will easily meet many Palestinian university and school students as well as community members with a variety of interests. Especially in Hebron, Palestinian people love to meet new people from different cultures and exchange ideas and experiences.
Moreover, the Excellence Center hosts many international visitors from all over the world who will be studying, volunteering, visiting or interning at center. Of course, you will engage with them in some educational and community activities that the Center organizes.
Everyone at the Excellence Center – Palestinian students, international visitors, and staff – are like one family and there are always activities to do together. Hebron is a good place for international visitors to stay at and offers a great social atmosphere
Eligibility for Volunteer in a Human Rights project in Palestine
People who are between 18 – 70 years old are eligible to participate in the Volunteer in a Human Rights project in Palestine Program. All nationalities and majors are welcome! You do not have to have any degree to participate in this program.
When “Volunteer in a Human Rights project in Palestine” takes place
The Excellence Center is looking for international volunteers year-round. Volunteers decide when they would like to start and Excellence Center organizes so. We are very flexible when it comes to starting and ending dates. Participants freely choose their volunteer period.
Which Airport Should I Start Checking for Flights to Palestine?
The easiest way to get to the Excellence Center in Hebron, Palestine is to fly to Tel Aviv Airport (Israel). It takes about two and half hours from the airport to the Excellence Center in Hebron via shared Taxi.
You can also fly to Amman, Jordan and then cross to Palestine, but it takes more time and is more expensive.
Visa to Palestine
Upon your arrival at Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv Airport), Israel, you will be granted a tourist visa valid for 90 days. There is no need to obtain a visa ahead of time.
Travelling to and from Hebron, Palestine
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Volunteer in a Human Rights project in Palestine Program’s duration
Volunteers can participate in the program for the duration of one week to eight weeks
How to get further information and the application form
Please send us an email to Rafat@excellencenter.org , Volunteer in a Human Rights project in Palestine Program as the subject line. We will then send you the application form.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Rafat Shantir at Rafat@excellencenter.org
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